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BlaBlaCar Reviews

Updated June 1, 2018
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BlaBlaCar Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Brusson
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Pros
  • "Un cadre de travail optimal avec une grande bienveillance de l'ensemble des collaborateurs" (in 10 reviews)

  • "A once in a lifetime team-spirit and colleagueship" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "quand on aime son travail je ne vois pas un seul inconv" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Discourage a work/life balance (even if indirectly)" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Best company I've worked for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlaBlaCar full-time

    Pros

    BlaBlaCar is a company filled with people who care about their jobs and one another. Everyone works hard so there is no animosity between teams or individuals. You are afforded a great deal of autonomy and there is organizational accountability. The growth of both the team and product are exciting to be a part of. It is a culture of continuous learning and improvement, with plenty of opportunities for growth and to make meaningful contributions. Highly recommend BlaBlaCar!

    Cons

    It's hard to think of any cons about working for BlaBlaCar. As a quick aside, the interview process was long and a bit arduous but when you arrive you realize why! Everyone who works there contributes positively to the culture and is highly valued - a result that makes tough interview processes worthwhile!

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in people and culture - it's working. :)


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Young and friendly workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - feeling part of a team, great energy, interest in reaching common goals
    - freedom to work remotely and meet with the manager according to your availability and schedule
    - great office!
    - overall good benefits, working conditions, they really care about employees and if you have any issue you feel comfortable in bringing it up

    Cons

    - lack of communication and engagement with the HQ-based team (this is valid for homeworkers)
    - some confusion when being part of different teams, therefore different country managers
    - career advancement is somewhat unclear

    Advice to Management

    maybe try and improve the working hour rotation, thus giving homeworkers the possibility to have weekends off without necessarily using their holiday days

  3. "Great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlaBlaCar full-time

    Pros

    - Great office in the center of Paris
    - Great and fun people to work with
    - Good evolution chances

    Cons

    - Lack of stability due to often occurring changes on the company strategy changes


  4. "Great people and a startup atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BlaBlaCar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - You work with great people - all go through a tough interview process, so you work with people who know what they're doing. Most of them also fit the culture. I felt really welcome when I started working there.
    - Rather flat hierarchy
    - Company shares quite a lot with the employees through bi-weekly team talks, so you get regular updates on strategy and what's going on in different countries
    - Direct (and at least in my case honest) communication with your manager
    - Yearly company retreats where you meet people from all the countries
    - Possibility to "swap" - work from another office for a week a year
    - Use BlaBlaCar for free
    - Regular employee evaluations, so you know how you're doing and get feedback on what could be improved

    Cons

    - It's still a startup, so strategy can change drastically, which can result in staff reduction if some positions are no longer adequate to the strategy

    Advice to Management

    Keep the communication open - people appreciate honesty


  5. "Great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlaBlaCar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, very international and good people

    Cons

    Some travel can be required


  6. "A good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlaBlaCar full-time

    Pros

    - beautiful office (Paris
    - international team
    - possibility to evolve when you're motivated and serious
    - friendly team (arrogant people hired by mistake don't stay)

    Cons

    - salary lower than market
    - management mistakes leading to demotivation of people managed

    Advice to Management

    Keep applying (or start applying again) freedom fairness fraternity


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Customer service"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlaBlaCar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Multinational environment, young crowd, can ask for home office if needed, new things to learn

    Cons

    Boring and repetitive after short time, managament often unprofessional- a lot of managers dont have management skills, gossipy environment, customer service is basically a dump hole and its rare to transfer anywhere within the company, you reach the limit of your career with this company very soon, huge fluctuation

    Advice to Management

    Focus on listening to your own teams, its not all just about money, dont demotivate and go against your own teams, care to keep the best ones longterm, there is a huge problem with demotivation and a lot of people are hiding it. I am very glad i am nolonger an employee.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "More solid that it has ever been"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlaBlaCar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As an engineer, BlaBlaCar remains an exciting place to work given the exposure that such a global service provides. There were some rough times last year but BlaBlaCar is now turning itself into a mature technology company.

    Important changes have been made to the engineering management layer, to make sure that are lead by experienced and competent individuals. Slackers and toxic employees have been let go while the best engineers were consolidated in their position and empowered to make great things happen. Additionally, tribes & squad have disappeared in favor of smaller teams that tackle specific problems.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place where everything has been solved, don't come to BlaBlaCar.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  9. "limited opportunities in country teams"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BlaBlaCar full-time

    Pros

    BlaBlaCar has a great product that the whole team is passionate about. It is great to work for something you believe in.
    Offices are nice
    Young and skilled colleagues
    If you work from the Paris headquarter there are a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    Local teams lost a big part of their autonomy. Many tasks and competences were centralized to the Paris headquarter in 2017. Local teams do not get access to new tools that are implemented. Country initiatives are not valued much. Most decisions are currently taken centrally.

    Advice to Management

    Give back some trust to local country teams. They know their market and are experts in their field. There is no need for everything being validated centrally.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Tech for tech but with kids-manager"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BlaBlaCar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Technical field were interested during the growth. Blablacar use a lot of cutting edge technologies and it's also a curse because no-one wants to maintain them even the guy who introduced it.

    Cons

    Management lack of maturity and react like a 10 years boy. Bad promotion of reporting guys instead of leaders. Raises are poor until there are forced to accord some (because managers fired some ppl and they need the others).

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the basics, listen everyone and stop believing fake old optimistic fan club. Look where you are, it's obvious you're in trouble.


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